December 12- 18 (All School)

Posted on: Dec 11, 2020

In this issue of Dutch Weekly, you will find information on:

  1. Athletics  — Football state finals live stream info
  2. Announcement: New second-semester schedule
  3. Campus health — important new information
  4. Upper School News
  5. Middle School News
  6. Primary School News
  7. All-School news — including Dutch Zone new items, uniforms and more



Video broadcast of the 3A state football championship game

The championship game will be streamed by the NFHS Network. You may sign up for an NFHS Network subscription on the OSSAA.com website or through NFHSNetwork.com. The cost is $10.99 for a 30-day subscription. There will be no local streaming or student group streaming for the championship game.

Holland Hall will be audio streaming the game on Friday night on our usual go.hollandhall.org/stream.

The game will also be broadcasted live on the radio at 97.1 FM The Sports Animal.

Live stats of the game will be provided by UCO. Click here to view live stats throughout the game. Live stats will automatically be available once the event begins.


Home varsity basketball game tickets & live stream

All HOME varsity basketball games will be limited to 150 fans. This will be a ticketed event and tickets will be distributed through varsity basketball players. Please call the athletic office if you have questions about attending a home basketball game.

All home varsity basketball games may be viewed on the livestream at go.hollandhall.org/stream.



You should have received an email from Head of School JP Culley about some At-Home learning dates set for the spring semester. You can find that letter here.



Nursing staff schedule

The nursing staff will be available to take phone calls and answer emails about COVID-19 exposures and positive tests until Wednesday, Dec. 23, but will be taking a break for the holiday on Thursday, Dec. 24-Sunday, Dec. 27 and again on Thursday, Dec. 31-Friday, Jan. 1.

If you or anyone in your household has a positive test result over the school break, please email Linda Christensen by Jan. 4.

If you have health questions

Although the nursing staff is glad to answer your COVID-related questions, your doctor should always be your first call. And the staff has put together this Q-and-A for more guidance.

Q. What qualifies as direct exposure/close contact?

A.  “You are a close contact if you are within six feet of an infected person (a diagnosed COVID case) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes within a 24-hour period, starting from two days before illness onset or two days prior to a positive COVID test.”  — Oklahoma State Department of Health

Direct exposure is not …

    … being around someone who has had direct exposure to a known positive COVID case. (That is a secondary exposure and no action is required)

    … being around someone who is ill unless and until they receive a positive COVID test. (They might have the flu or a different illness as opposed to COVID)

If you have had direct exposure to a known positive COVID case: 

    • First — Call your primary care physician for guidance.

    • If your primary care physician is unavailable, please follow these guidelines.

      • Immediately separate yourself from the known positive COVID individual.
      • If they are a member of your household, they must be isolated in a separate bedroom and use a separate bathroom from the rest of the household. You should not have any contact with the individual for 10 days.
      • Remain separated from the known COVID individual and obtain a COVID test five days (or more) after your last contact with the individual.
      • If your test result is negative, you may resume your normal activities, however, you must remain separated from the COVID positive individual for 10 days after their diagnosis.
      • If your test result is positive, you will need to quarantine for 10 days from the date of your positive test or the development of COVID symptoms.
      • If you are unable to separate from the COVID positive individual in your household, you must quarantine for 15 days and then obtain a COVID test.

Travel concerns

“CDC officials announced new guidance for testing before and after traveling: Someone planning a trip should get a test one to three days in advance and then be tested again three to five days after returning. The agency reiterated its pre-Thanksgiving recommendation against travel this holiday season amid a massive spike in coronavirus infections nationwide that is filling hospitals with COVID-19 patients.”

Here is the link to the CDC travel recommendations:


Here is the link to the Washington Post article referenced above:



Transparency and COVID-19

Holland Hall is committed to transparency and will update a spreadsheet on the school’s website daily with any positive cases on campus. The numbers — if there are any — will be reported by branch (Upper School/WAC; Middle School/Tandy; Primary School). Nurse Linda Christensen is responsible for contact tracing this year and will inform anyone with direct exposure personally.



End of semester dismissal

Friday, December 18, will be a half-day in the Upper School. Students will be released from school at 11:50 a.m.

We will run a C Day Schedule:

  • Morning Meeting
  • Block 1
  • Open Mic on the Chapman Green
  • Block 2
  • School Dismissed

Please encourage US students to bring warm clothes so that they can enjoy the open mic outdoors. We will provide breakfast and hot chocolate during the event! Students may wear ugly holiday sweater and holiday accessories that day.


Virtual Learning: January 5 – 8

Because we will be returning to school virtually January 5 – 8, we will post directions on The Commons on PSL about how students can access their new schedules for the second semester electronically (rather than handing out paper). As a reminder: students are to log into class using the Google Meet codes posted on the PSL page for each class, following their normal schedule. Parents, please remember to continue contacting Mrs. O’Neil if your child has to miss class (whether due to an appointment, illness, etc.).

Here are the expectations for virtual learning that we have been teaching the US students about since the beginning of school:

  • Be in school uniform
  • Be seated in a chair at a desk or table (please do not join the Google Meet while in transit)
  • Have all books/supplies/assignments ready (just as if you were coming to campus)
  • Begin class with microphone muted and then turn it on when you speak
  • Join each class session on time (per schedule) via Google Meets for synchronous classes (links will be shared by teachers). Be careful of the special timing on Wednesdays!
  • Follow teacher instructions about use of texting function
  • Be actively present for each class session, this includes having camera on and being visible to teachers throughout the class time
  • No food, pets, funny faces, music, or other “home” distractions during class — these Meets are treated as much like classroom classes as possible
  • No other screens should be open, such as cell phones, ipads, or televisions
  • Use a neutral background and make sure the teacher can see your face
  • Complete all assigned work with posted deadlines/due dates
  • Email teachers if you have questions that cannot be answered during a live class
  • Stay in class until the end of the class period


Middle School Holiday Spirit Week 2020

Regular Uniform Monday – Thursday except for theme of day

Monday, December 14 – holiday T-shirt day

Tuesday, December 15 – holiday sweater day

Wednesday, December 16 – holiday accessory day

Thursday, December 17 – holiday sock day

Friday, December 18 – Dutch/holiday pajama day


End of semester dismissal

Our last day of school this semester is December 18. Middle School will dismiss at 11:10 a.m.


Cooler weather protocols

With colder weather, we wanted to share a bit of information with you that might be helpful. If the temperature is below 45 degrees with a windchill, we will eat indoors. However, at 45 degrees, most students will be eating outdoors. In addition, recess will still be outdoors unless the temperature is above 32 degrees. Obviously, with any sort of precipitation, we will stay indoors. So, be sure your child has a coat for outdoors and leggings in solid dark colors on those cold days!


8th-grade winter formal postponed

The traditional 8th Grade Winter Formal Dinner/Dance was scheduled for February 6. However, we are going to push that date back to later in the spring in the hopes of being able to continue this tradition, albeit in a new way, for this year. We feel that all of the traditions of this event (busses, eating together in homes, and dancing) are not consistent with our safety protocols and should not occur right now. We will communicate in January/February the new date and altered plans, stay tuned!



End of semester dismissal

Our last day of school this semester is December 18. Primary School will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. There will be no PS to MS transfer that day.

EPK students will end the day at 11:15 a.m.


Dress code reminders

With the arrival of cooler weather, please note the expectations for leggings for Primary School students. For both boys and girls, the dress code requires only solid, dark colored leggings. Leggings and tights with patterns or bright colors are not allowed. Thank you for adhering to this policy. Please see the 2020-2021 Dress Code Requirements for further details.

2020-21 Student Dress Requirements »


Third-grade music program

Mrs. Swisher is excited to share the traditional Third Grade Music program in a non-traditional way this year. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 16, to view this years’ performance. Starting that day, prepared videos of our third graders engaging in songs, solos, instrument parts, and narration will be available on the PS Music PSL page. Simply click on your child’s color group to see your child’s video.



Snow days

As winter approaches, there may be the need to call Snow Days. Make sure you have updated your contact information in the Parent Portal, go.hollandhall.org/parentportal.

If school is delayed or canceled, we may send that information by text or email and it will be on the school’s website, hollandhall.org. So please make sure you have a good cell phone number listed, as well as an email address that you check often.

We appreciate your help!


Show Teachers Gratitude by Supporting Holland Hall

Our talented Holland Hall faculty invest tirelessly in your children every single day. They both challenge and nurture them, helping them to become the best version of themselves. Their incredible daily sacrifices have made in-person school possible, along with the at-home learning option when needed.

You can invest in the school and honor our faculty by making a gift to the Holland Hall Fund in honor of your favorite teachers. Gifts in any amount make a difference and help us achieve our purpose of educating, nurturing, and empowering the individual student for lifelong learning. Visit go.hollandhall.org/givenow today and give back to your community while showing gratitude for our beloved faculty. We will notify our teachers of your thoughtful gesture and include it on the website in our annual report.


NEW hoodies in the Dutch Zone

Come to the DUTCH ZONE and check out the new hoodies, long-sleeved shirts, water bottles and knapsacks.

It will be open December 18 from 8 – 10 a.m. only because of early dismissal that day.



C & J School Uniforms sales

Winter Sale
30% off new items from December 1-15.

In store, in stock merchandise only. Sale not in combination with other discounts, coupons, promotions, etc.

End-of Year Blowout Clearance
November 27 – December 19, significant markdowns on all in-stock merchandise.

Click here to view the blowout clearance price sheet


Grandparents/Special Friends Pictures

While circumstances did not permit Holland Hall to host our beloved grandparents and special friends on campus this year, we had a photo booth on campus so students could take their individual Holland Hall photo for their family. Copies of the photo booth photos are now available on the holland hall website by clicking on the link below.